About Daniel Silva

Dan is a Software Engineer by day and a part-time Film Reviewer by night. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona and has been writing for The Cinema Files since its inception. His favorite directors are Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Joss Whedon, and Gavin O'Connor.

Interview with Alfonso G Aguilar, Composer of the Netflix Animated Feature “Klaus”

Alfonso G Aguilar is a great composer that is just now getting notoriety with his brilliant score for Netflix's Klaus. I had the great opportunity to interview him over Skype. He currently resides in Spain. D: How did you get into the film scoring business? A: I've been studying music since I remember. Since I was a [...]

By |2019-12-19T16:07:00-07:00December 19th, 2019|Interviews|0 Comments

Review: “Frozen II”

I have very distinct memories of my first time watching Frozen. I was a scattered snowstorm of emotions. I loved the music so much that I was actively angry that the soundtrack wasn't being released for another week. Yet, it's hard to ignore that despite breathtaking animation and brilliant music, the script was less than stellar.  [...]

By |2019-11-14T10:20:04-07:00November 14th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Abominable”

In the past year I have seen three different movies that have all tried to capture the magic of the original How to Train Your Dragon film. The first was Bumblebee, which made my top ten list last year. The second was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (my review of it can be read here), which, while [...]

By |2019-09-26T06:48:51-07:00September 26th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: “Downton Abbey”

It was such an odd experience, sitting in the theater watching Downton Abbey with a crowd of other Downtonians. Like many people, I've only ever watched Downton Abbey either by myself or with one other person. The raucous laughter that erupted often throughout the screening felt very strange, mostly because Downton isn't considered a comedy [...]

By |2019-09-19T08:10:09-07:00September 19th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Yesterday”

It seems that Richard Curtis has found his second calling after his retirement from directing several years ago: writing and producing musical movies based on classic pop bands. Prior to writing/producing Yesterday, the Notting Hill, Love Actually, and About Time writer/director did something very similar with Mamma Mia's sequel last summer, which was among my [...]

By |2019-06-28T21:48:26-07:00June 28th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

7 Spoiler-Free Reasons “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is Brilliant

It was always going to be a hard task for any film to follow up Avengers: Endgame, one of the most successful films of all time. It wrapped up ten years of storytelling in Marvel Cinematic Universe in a compelling and touching way. Yet they seemed to write themselves into a corner, leaving a number of [...]

By |2019-06-27T06:17:06-07:00June 27th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Spoiler-Free Review of “Avengers: Endgame”

Forget everything you think you know about Avengers: Endgame, because the trailers are almost entirely useless and deceptive. Watching it was quite possibly the oddest blockbuster experience I've ever had: I walked into the theater thinking that I had a decent idea about what the film's narrative was going to be about, or at least [...]

By |2019-04-24T08:33:32-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Captain Marvel

There are many movies in Marvel Cinematic Universe that are the equivalent of a king size candy bar: basically empty calories with very little nutritional value. They feel good while you’re eating them, but you afterwards you feel less than awesome. This is exactly how I felt watching Captain Marvel. As the credits rolled I [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:01:59-07:00March 7th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments